DETROIT– Saab begins the 2009-model year with news for those seeking the enhanced functionality of cross-wheel-drive technology and a turbocharged driving experience. Saab broadens the appeal of its 9-3 range for 2009 with available XWD cross-wheel-drive technology on 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan and SportCombi models and a new 2.0T "Sport" model. Cross-wheel-drive availability started in the 2008-model year with the V-6-equipped Aero and limited edition Turbo X, Sport Sedan, and SportCombi.
Saab's XWD cross-wheel-drive is a pre-emptive, active-on-demand system activated only when required, limiting the impact on fuel economy. It is available on all 9-3 models except the convertible, which has a different floorpan that does not accommodate additional rear-wheel-drive components. The Saab 9-3 2.0T XWD Sport Sedan and SportCombi will come standard with additional equipment such as a winter package, moonroof and automatic transmission, while a six-speed manual is also available.
The 2009 Saab lineup consists of the 9-3 range (2.0T and Aero Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible); the 9-5 range (2.3T and Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi); and the 9-7X SUV range (4.2i, 5.3i and Aero).